Well, last week was oldest son's turn to have a handknit item for his school project. This week, it was youngest son's turn. I was one of the chaperone's for today's trip to the Noah Webster House in Hartford, CT and everyone dressed in colonial garb. Most of the boys merely rolled up their pants and wore a white shirt. I rolled up my sons's pants, tucked them underneath a loop of elastic (this made them look more like knickers), combined that with long black men's dress socks and black boots, plus a white dress shirt and this handmade vest from ages ago. (No, I don't have the pattern - it was knit in 1998 using Lion Brand Wool Ease). I'm wearing my Berroco Suede "Oakley" shawl. Together we made our attempt to be colonial. What do you think?
Here's a close up of the makeshift knickers. I used the military blousing technique as described above with a small piece of elastic (not too tight!). I'm sorry it's hard to see, being all black and everything, but I thought this might give others out there a great idea of how to make an instant costume using things around the house.